Hawaii Payment Resources
Summary of payment program
Kapi’olani Medical Center: The Medical Forensic Examination is free. If the patient needs medical care beyond the scope of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) forensic examination (such as x-rays, cat scan, stitches), they will be moved to the Emergency Room for the care they need. Fees for these services are not covered by the SATC. At the time of registration, the patient will be asked about insurance coverage in case a claim needs to be filed.
If the patient filed a police report, the SATC crisis counselor will talk to the patient about seeking assistance through the State of Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission (CVCC). The CVCC may have financial assistance for those without insurance or for the out-of-pocket expenses for the insured. If the patient does not have insurance and they did not file a police report, the hospital social worker may be able to figure out available options for help.
The Crime Victim Compensation Commission was established on July 1, 1967 and is governed by Chapter 351, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes. The Commission helps victims with crime-related costs. Funding sources include fees from offenders, inmate wages, federal grant funds, and reimbursement from restitution payments.
Crime Victim Compensation Commission – Application
State of Hawai‘i, Department of Public Safety
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1530
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
Telephone: (808) 587-1143 Fax (808) 587-1146
The victim can get help if they were involved in a covered crime that occurred in the jurisdiction of Hawai‘i and they are:
- A victim who suffered injury
- A person responsible for the maintenance of the victim who has suffered monetary loss because of the victim’s death or injury
- A person engaged in business or educational activity at the scene of a mass casualty (mental health counseling expenses only)
- A relative of a deceased victim who has incurred medical or funeral expenses as the result of the victim’s death or injury
- A dependent of a deceased victim
- A Hawai‘i resident who is a victim of an act of international terrorism
- Report the crime to law enforcement officials (police, naval investigative service, military police or Federal Bureau of Investigation) without undue delay
- Obtain an application by downloading the document, or by contacting the Commission office at (808) 587-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit the application to the Commission within 18 months of the crime date. Applications will only be accepted after 18 months if there is a good cause letter from a physician or therapist
The Commission is a payor of last resort. The Commission may pay compensation only after all other sources have been exhausted.
Coordination with healthcare
Every county maintains a 24-hour hotline for survivors of sexual assault. Survivors are encouraged to contact the hotlines at any time for support, care and advocacy.
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Sex Abuse Treatment Center
808-524-7273 (24-hour hotline)
YWCA of Kauai, Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
808-245-4144 (24-hour hotline)
Child and Family Service, Maui Sexual Assault Center
808-873-8624 (24-hour hotline)
- Maui AIDS Foundation – Free Sexual Health Organization
808-935-0677 (24-hour hotline)
Hawaii Sexual Assault Kit Initiative – link to information and form: What is the Status of My Kit?
A Medical Forensic Examination
- Is available to any victim of sexual assault. Examinations are done within 120 hours of a sexual assault. Medical care following a sexual assault is important even if the victim does not have visible injuries. This service:
o Ensures proper medical attention and addresses concerns about the risks of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and pregnancy.
o Collects and preserves evidence, even if the victim does not want to report the assault to the police. Sometimes victims decide to pursue legal action later.
- Intake for the examination is done in the Emergency Room of Kapiolani Medical Center (1319 Punahou Street).
- Crisis counseling is provided by the SATC worker during the medical exam.
- Female patients, know that all Hawaii hospitals are required to provide information about and access to emergency contraception following a sexual assault, whether or not the victim chooses to undergo a medical forensic examination or report the sexual assault to law enforcement.
- There is NO COST for the Medical Forensic Examination or crisis counseling.